Korean Startup Swizzle wins a Startup Bootcamp, sponsored by BootstrapLabs
“Bringing Seoul to the Valley”, the beGLOBAL 2014 conference, was held on Sep 12, 2014 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco. As an Executive Sponsor, BootstrapLabs offered one lucky Korean team a complimentary 2 week Startup Bootcamp for 2 people provided by SV In.Fusion. The winning team was selected based on its ability, desire to learn, and potential benefit for their business to be immersed in Silicon Valley for the duration of the Bootcamp.
SV In.Fusion prize at beGLOBAL 2014
Congratulations to Swizzle! We are looking forward to working with you in Silicon Valley very soon. Swizzle (swizzle.fm) is a Social Jukebox for parties that makes music sharing much easier by creating collaborative playlists among friends with YouTube music videos.
Photo credit: beSUCCESS
“I’m so excited to participate in this great program operated in the core of Silicon Valley. I expect to learn more about Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and improve our product quality dramatically with the 2 weeks intensive course.” says Ian Inyoung Lee, the CEO of Swizzle.
BootstrapLabs was proud to support this year’s beGLOBAL and looks forward to supporting beGLOBAL 2015. The founders of BootstrapLabs remain committed to investing in Korean startups and helping them go global.
beGLOBAL is the annual Global Tech Conference with a Korean touch, organized by beSUCCESS (the Korean version of TechCrunch) and sponsored by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and KISA (Korea Internet Security Agency). beSUCCESS also organizes beLAUNCH, the top startup conference in Korea, bringing together the best of Tech from the East and West.
beGLOBAL was launched last year to connect Korean startups to Silicon Valley and help them enter the global market by attracting foreign investments. K-Startups had a chance to pitch their products and services in front of high profile, local institutional and strategic investors such as Kevin Hale (Partner at Y Combinator), Christine Tsai (Managing Partner at 500 Startups), Matt Kaufman (CEO of CrunchBase), Kevin Scott (Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank) and many others.
Outstanding VIP speakers at beGLOBAL 2014:
William H. Draper, III General Partner, Draper Richards LP shared his insights on the future of global investing during the Fireside Chat. He is one of America’s first venture capitalists, the founder of several leading firms (including Sutter Hill, Draper Richards and Draper International) and the first Silicon Valley VC to invest globally. Mr. Draper, a veteran of the Korean War, has strong ties to Korea.
Kevin Lin, Co-Founder and COO of Twitch (acquired by Amazon for $970M), shared his story about founding and growing the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. Since graduating from Yale in 2004, Kevin has worn a variety of hats. In 2008 he joined Justin.tv as COO, where he was instrumental in the launch of its Twitch platform, attracting the site’s larger partners and other activities that helped grow the Twitch brand.
Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger Network & Co-Founder of Circa, has been called one of the 100 most creative people in the business by Fast Company and one of the top 10 virologists by the Daily Beast. The Cheezburger Network, founded in 2007, has been credited with bringing Internet memes to the mainstream and popularizing Internet culture. Ben credits the success of his company to the users and fans who create the content. His goal is to make the world happy for 5-minutes a day.
Jorn Lyssegen, CEO & Founder of Meltwater Group, founded his startup in Oslo in 2001, moved the HQ to Silicon Valley and bootstrapped it all the way to over $100 million in revenues without taking any venture capital. In 2008, he started the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the MEST Incubator in Ghana. The School and Incubator provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa. Graduates of the program have pitched at TechCrunch Disrupt and been part of the 500 Startups accelerator.
BootstrapLabs is a Global Technology Venture Investment Company for Global Entrepreneurs. Since 2009, BootstrapLabs has invested in foreign born startups such as Prezi, Witsbits, AudioDraft and Zerply, facilitated their relocation in Silicon Valley to build global companies, while maintaining their roots in their countries of origin to access local talent. Today these startups are valued at $500M+, employ 250+ people and have raised over $25M of follow-on funding from Angels and VCs in Silicon Valley.
About SV In.Fusion
SV In.Fusion offers a hands-on two week Startup Bootcamp for foreign founders in Silicon Valley taught by experienced local experts. Learn and apply the best tools, techniques & trends Silicon Valley entrepreneurs use everyday to building lean and mean startups!
The bootcamp format includes Master Classes taught by experts, immediately followed by Workshops to implement new learnings, and includes a series of immersive activities in Silicon Valley culture – visiting top tech company campuses and meeting with product people, socializing with local entrepreneurs, angels and VCs, stopping by well known coffee shops and diners, as well as visiting city (and geeky) landmarks and museums, local university campuses, etc.
SV In.Fusion, in partnership with BootstrapLabs, works directly with foreign startups, their investors, incubators, accelerator, co-working space partners, NGOs and Government agencies around the world to facilitate and accelerate the sharing of Silicon Valley best practices.